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Mar 15, 2013 1:00pm PDT
conservative. in a cnn exclusive, senator rob portman explains the personal reasons behind his change of heart. >>> and a bizarre and tragic medical mystery. a man dies after receiving a transplanted kidney tainted with rabies. how could this happen in the united states of america? how many other people are at risk right now? i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." forget all those wacky scenes of north korea's leader joking around with dennis rodman. the united states, the obama administration, right now taking the north's threats of a nuclear attack very seriously. the pentagon has just announced it will beef up america's defense missile systems out on the west coast. in california, oregon, washington state. let's go straight to cnn's pentagon correspondent chris lawrence, watching what's going on. chris, a lot of us are stunned by this decision but update us on what is going on. >> wolf, we just came out of a briefing where we learned the pentagon is going to spend a billion dollars to put new intercepter missiles on the west coast. now, that plan includes react investigating a mi
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Mar 7, 2013 1:00pm PST
is that the law on this type of issue, especially as it relates to material support of terrorism, actually changed in 2006 and so it may be that they won't be able to reach back because the constitution and try him before that time. let's listen to one constitutional law expert i spoke with. >> until now, we thought that we could try them under these charges in the military commission system and it looks like it's not going to turn out that way which means that material support charges can be tried in the federal court system as they always have and they are highly successful in terms of bringing indictments and in terms of bringing convictions. >> so, wolf, we expect to hear a lot more about this suspect tomorrow with that presentment in federal court in new york city. >> we'll see who represents him in that as well in federal court. thank you very much, joe johns. let's dig deeper with senator ron wyden of oregon. he's a member of the intelligence committee. your immediate reaction that we learned to the news today. you may have learned about it longer than we did. what do you think of the decis
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Mar 6, 2013 1:00pm PST
of campaign-style meets, the white house agrees it's a changed approach, one that started over the weekend when the president began calling lawmakers. >> is this a charm offensive? >> the president is engaging with lawmakers of both parties and will continue to do so. >> reporter: a far cry from last week when on the same day that the automatic cuts went into effect. >> julie, give me an example of what i might do? >> reporter: the white house argues that the president has tried a grand bargain before obama to be rebuffed by house gop leaders. both sides remain dug in with some republican leaders noting that they have skewered the obama administration for facing impacts about the automatic cuts. >> while the president has been out there playing chicken little, waiting for the white house to send over its budgets. >> reporter: democrats insist the gop is still obstructing the nominees, whether it's to the courts or the cia and whether both sides have doubt that breaking bread can fix a broken government. >> for anyone to think that this is going to be a come to jesus moment, they've got ano
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Mar 8, 2013 1:00pm PST
has definitely changed as the weeks have gone on. many more bears came out at the beginning of the week than the end of the week. they are still harder to find, those bears, but they are still out there. one trader telling me he expects stocks to pull back anywhere between 10 and 15% by the summer. but, yes, plenty of time for that to happen. at least for now the path of least resistance is upward and it was a strong jobs report that kept the rally going. you look at the report that was broke down. professional and business services, that sector led the businesses and health and leisure made strong gains in february. construction added 48,000 jobs and those gains in construction are especially notable because construction had accounted for a huge chunk of job losses during the recession. now it being looks like construction is a comeback. that's good news with one analyst saying as long as the housing market continues to recover, it should lead to a heavier labor market. wolf? >> good way to end the week on wall street and in terms of jobs. think about it. 236,000 people got
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Mar 13, 2013 1:00pm PDT
's history. chances for change, for firsts, for novelty. you have that resignation. then you have the unusual energy at the general congregation for foreign cardinals saying they wanted more accountability and they didn't want to just rush into things. now we have pope francis. he is a first on so many levels. he is the first pope from south america. he is the first pope since the original, peter, from outside europe. he is the first pope to call himself francis, which is very significant, because francis of assisi was about humility, eschewing all the trappings of wealth and helping the neediest. that is the message the church needs now more than ever so the name is very significant. as a side note being elected on five ballots hasn't happened in a hundred years. this cardinal bergoglio needs a little context. this is the man we believe finished second to benedict in the last conclave. and just today a retired cardinal had told us, hey, you know, you're not mentioning bergoglio. why not? because if some big name can't deliver 77 votes he is the perfect compromise. as you know, wolf, no one h
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Mar 29, 2013 2:00pm PDT
and dirty. no one saw them coming. best bunch of idiots only. and 96 yanks. i wouldn't change a damned thing. that's it for me. thanks for watching. we'll see you right here monday at 4:00. now mr. wolf blitzer. >>> happening now, is it something in the water? there's been a series of some insensitive comments, downright slurs and now hasty apologies from a pair of united states congressmen. also some words coming from a rising political star. i'll speak to that star, dr. ben carson, the well known neuro surgeon who has now become a darling of the right about the words he chose to use this week when discussing the sensitive issue of gay marriage. president obama flew down to florida today to talk jobs but he also talked sports in what has suddenly become the center of the basketball universe. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> we heard some extraordinary language this week which many found deeply offensive, coming from a very highly respected physician, dr. benjamin carson. he, himself, is well known having had an extraordinary background, rising from poverty to head pedia
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Mar 16, 2013 3:00pm PDT
, the israelis to show more of a change of approach when it comes to reaching peace in that region. but getting back to the issue of iran and developing nuclear weapons, they say the president will be very clear during his trip to israel that the united states will not allow iran to build a nuclear weapon. >> he was clear on that with israel television, too. jim acosta, thanks very much. let's dig deeper into what's going on in washington. our chief political correspondent candy crowley, host of cnn's state of the union and also gloria borger, political analyst. what did this accomplish? my dad used to say can't hurt to talk. >> can't hurt to talk and didn't hurt to talk. the president was applauded by many republicans as well as democrats, but the problem is that these two sides are still as far apart on the issues as they always were, and the president has his base saying you can't cut back on medicare, don't touch the entitlements, and you have republicans saying you've got to do that, and you can't do the revenues. i think the problems are add entractable as they always build, but your fath
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Mar 5, 2013 1:00pm PST
the rain change to slushy snow and then change back. so north and west of washington, wolf, we're going to see huge snow totals, even in washington it will be good for you guys because you haven't had much. >> we certainly happen. people are not used to a lot of snow but we will do just fine. alexandra, thanks very much. >>> there's a new recommendation for how many u.s. troops should remain in afghanistan after they are out at the end of next year. 2014, that's when the majority of the forces are supposed to leave, if not all of the troops. the u.s. plans to keep some troops there. the head of the u.s. military central command telling the armed services committee saying that he recommends that 13,600 american service members remain in afghanistan in 2015 and beyond. last month when he was still defense secretary, leon panetta said up to 12,000 u.s. troops should remain in afghanistan, remain behind. how much maintaining all of those troops in afghanistan, starting in 2015 will cost u.s. taxpayers, who will foot the bill for all of that, questions that have not been answered but it will
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Mar 9, 2013 3:00pm PST
with these scams is that the numbers change so regularly. >> reporter: so what should you do if you receive one of these text messages? well, the ftc says forward it to your carrier by typing in 7726, or spam. and what about the promise of the free gift card. when you had your people go through the process did they end up with a gift card? >> none of them received a gift card. >> reporter: they're offering plans from major retailers, like walmart and target. the ftc says these companies have nothing to do with the scams. the folks behind it are individuals and marketing companies trying to gather your personality information. the ftc is trying to get companies to put a stop to it and want the companies to reimburse consumers who may have lost money on the spam offers. lisa sylvester, cnn. >>> and a ban on sugary drinks about to go effect in new york? but it is also over big coffees, what is going on? we'll tell you. quicken loans? ♪ at quicken loans, we won't make you wait for it. our efficient, online system allows us to get you through your home loan process fast. which means you'll never h
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Mar 18, 2013 2:00pm PDT
-minded, out of touch, and full of stuffy old men. one calls for major changes in style and strategy, but how do they go about repairing a deeply divided party? cnn's brianna keilar is here in "the situation room," and she's taking a closer look at this report and fascinating material inside. >> fascinating material inside, and one of the things we're seeing in the republican party, what it's planning to do, is invest some serious money to build the republican brand in areas that are not republican strongholds, sending republicans basically ambassadors to participate in events in minority communities and even visit historically black colleges and universities. ♪ the math in jay z's campaign trail anthem was a little off. 219 is more like it, if you're talking about the gop failure in the last presidential election. >> there's no one reason we l t lost. our message was weak. our ground game was insufficient. we weren't inclusive. we were behind in both data and digital. and our primary and debate process needed improvement. >> reporter: this morning, rnc chairman reince priebus unveiled the
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Mar 1, 2013 1:00pm PST
's using part of that by coming into the briefing room. you can use a bully pull bit to change a debate, change public opinion, and he was trying to change the facts or at least blur the facts. this gimmick, the sequester, they all share responsibility for it but it was his idea. he says it's a republican idea that we're going into these forced budget cuts. the president made a choice earlier in the week and only called this meeting today. he could have called it on monday, last week. they are all to blame in getting us here and again when you're governed by band-aid and gimmick, this is where you get. the question is, will they ever be able to find a circuit breaker to get back to a point where they satisfy pass a government that covers the government for a full year? then they might get to other issues as well. but when you have these constant crises, it's political dysfunction and financial markets and everything else, it's uncertainty. >> it certainly is. gloria, how did we wind up in this awful place right now? >> the dysfunction of washington, that seems like it's all we're coveri
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Mar 11, 2013 1:00pm PDT
memory certainly. if jeb wants to run, he has to change his last name to something more respectable like kardashian, honey boo boo, maybe nixon, i don't know. the name, because of george w. >> you know him well, jeb bush, former florida governor. you like him. what do you think? >> i think i'm ready for jeb bush to be president and run for president. look, i think first of all, you are never going to get jeb bush to for sake his brother or his father. he loves them dearly. he is going to stick by them. second of all, i think this bush baggage thing is highly overrated. wolf, when was the last time you heard about george w. bush. whenever we hear of him, he is helping a kid with mal ar i can't or helping a wounded warrior, he is not involved in controversial politics. he is much less toxic than he was and he will be much less so by the time this presidential primary rolls around. also, jeb, jeb is not a guy who just appeared out of nowhere. he has his own record, his own positions, his own policy thoughts. he is going to be judged on his own positions, his own mistakes, his own successes.
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Mar 19, 2013 2:00pm PDT
life be protected? i don't think we are ready yet for society to change any laws maybe but i think it is worth while having the discussion if we can keep it from being too flippant and that it is an important philosophical foundation to the law of a civilization. >> just to be precise if you believe life begins at conception which i suspect you do you would have no exceptions for rape, incest, the life of the mother is that right? >> i think that once again puts things in too small of a box. what i would say is there are thousands of exceptions. i'm a physician and every individual case is going to be different. everything is going to be particular to that individual case and what is going won that mother and the medical circumstances of that mother. i would say after birth we've decided when life begins we don't have exceptions for one-day-olds or 6 mnlds. we don't ask where they came from or how they came into being but it is more complicated because the rest begidepends on definition of life and when it begins. i've been there at the beginning of life. i've held one-pound babies
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Mar 30, 2013 3:00pm PDT
that public opinion has dramatically changed over the years when it comes to same-sex marriage, how does that play out? >> ironically, i think it could hurt their case. >> hurt whose case? >> ted olson's case. if you're making the case that this is a law that needs to be changed under the equal protection clause of the constitution, the other side will argue, wait a minute, these people have political power and they also are succeeding at the state level, and you see public opinion shifting in favor of same-sex marriage. so the argument on the other side is, let it proceed at the state level, now that they're starting to have success, and why have the supreme court intervene at this point when things seem to be moving along in the country? so it's sort of an ironic point there. >> counterintuitive. >> gloria's documentary airs later tonight. she gets exclusive access in the marriage warriors, showdown at the supreme court. it airs shortly after we're done in "the situation room." it's at 7:30 p.m. eastern, only here on cnn. >>> coming up, north korea puts its rockets of stand by and warn
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Mar 4, 2013 1:00pm PST
, but i never talked about weight in the household. we just started making changes. and we made changes in a way that didn't -- you know, it didn't make them feel badly about themselves. it didn't even make them feel any ownership over it, because truly kids that age can't control what they eat. >> first lady's first google hangout. now, let's look at the dow here. we're still flirting with that magic number, 14,164. that high, right, alison kosik, from a couple years ago, where are we? >> stocks have really been in the red most of the session. i'd say about an hour ago, stocks made a turn into the green column. as you see. the dow now up 36 points. that magic number everybody's looking for is for the dow to hit 14,164. it looks like the dow's about less than 50 points, 40 points away from that record high. you know what's interesting, the spending cuts, brooke, you remember, they did go into effect late friday night. wall street apparently just sort of shrugging it off. wall street doesn't seem to care at this point. >> we're almost there, we're getting closer. talking to you every day
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Mar 21, 2013 2:00pm PDT
't going to take the risk on their own. what he said, you need to create the change. we've heard that word change from this president. you need to create the change that you want to see. don't be frozen by the people that came before you and couldn't resolve these problems. he talked about an independent palestinian state and received a resounding a plaus. we heard this time and time again. now even as president in this country taking this to the people on issues like immigration, gun control, to a different generation and saying get beyond us, take this matter in your own hands. >> richard, my assessment when i was listening to this speech, very pro israel, very pro palestine, very pro peace. what did you think? >> well, the president didn't come to a plan but just as gloria said, he was speaking over the head of the israeli government just like here in the united states he often speaks over the head of congress directly to the american people. he was making the case for peace and signaling both sides things had to change for the palestinians and roishs. israel is here to stay. like it or
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Mar 22, 2013 2:00pm PDT
but the network is not commenting. >>> it was 50 years ago today when pop culture changed forever. today is the 50th anniversary of the release of the beatles' first album. please please me. the lp hit shelves in britain on march 22nd in 1963. sales started out slow. but it would hit number one in may. the british invaded and the beatles never looked back and neither did society. >>> game of thrones fans you still have a full week plus to wait for the premiere of season three but we can help you get your fix before then. don't miss my interview next week with game of thrones cocreator david benioff and i'll try to pry a few secrets out of him about the upcoming season. we asked you earlier to come up with a new cheer for harvard's basketball team. go crimson! at least we've got most of the supreme court. don't be sad. don't be blue. we beaton we're smarter too. that does it for our very first week of "the lead." join me monday at 4:00 p.m. eastern when we'll do it all over again. i leave you now in the able hands of mr. wolf blitzer in "the situation room." >>> jake, thanks very much. happening no
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Mar 26, 2013 2:00pm PDT
with this appointment that this first female secret service director is going to shape things up, change the male dominated culture there which some believe has led to these troubles lately. julia pearson is 53 years old and has been with the secret service for 30 years working her way steadily up the ladder to become chief of staff building what many describe as an exemplary record along the way. what helped open the door for her appointment, however, was a scandal. one year ago the secret service came under fire amid allegations of agents on assignment in colombia pirg prostitutes. a half dozen were forced out. and the whole affair tarnished the record of mark sullivan who left the secret service last month. >> so where did pierson come from? six years ago pierson's childhood interest in police work got traction during a high school job at disneyworld where she says, quote, i wore one of those character outfits. to this day i think the experience of dealing with large crowds at the park had a good influence on my ability to do that sort of thing with the secret service. during college she worke
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Mar 27, 2013 2:00pm PDT
what they think? >> absolutely. this is a big change in how prosecutors work. largely since the oklahoma city bombing where the victims played a very important part in the whole process and talking to the victims and they don't necessarily have veto power over decisions but certainly to consult with victims before any big decision like this is made is certainly something the department of justice is doing. that may be one reason the issue isn't quite resolved yet because they need to at least discuss it with all of the victims' families. >> that would be the right thing to do as the prosecution. we have more to discuss later this hour. >>> were americans misled about the cost of obama care? the president has long pledged his health care law would reduce premiums and raise benefits. now the obama administration is conceding that some people, yes, some people will have to pay more. potentially a lot more for health insurance coverage. explain the latest. >> wolf, these were some comments reportedly made by health and human services secretary kathleen sebelius yesterday in an o
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Mar 12, 2013 1:00pm PDT
. that makes him very important to some looking for change and growth in the catholic church, but he is not a reform candidate. he has very conservative views of ordaining women, about abortion, about same-sex marriage and for that reason he may be seen as a steady hand and someone who would be capable of ushering in reform, but mind you, at a very, very slow pace. many here believe that he would be a good candidate. others believe he would be controversial and in what is the most liberal places in north america, this would be a very conservative choice. >> i'm shasta darlington in sao paulo where excitement is growing over the possibility that the next pope could be brazilian cardinal odilo pedro scherer. some of the points in his favor include the fact that he's a pastoral pope in the world's biggest catholic country and yet he also has experience in the vatican bureaucracy, working against him are his age. he's relatively young, 63 years old and experts feel that the roman curia could manipulate him. >> i'm ben wedeman in st. peter's square where we've just seen the black smoke of
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Mar 23, 2013 3:00pm PDT
on assault weapons when it expired. >> first of all, we are seeing a change in the very fact we are debating this. this issue was under a gag rule for a decade after al gore's defeat, and the national debate encouraged action in blue leaning states like colorado, new york, and connecticut. but the problem is, gloria, that democrats are divided and republicans by ideology. red state democrats have been reluctant to vote for this, going back to 1994, they had a lot of defection on red districts and red state democrats. the difference is gun control advocates haven't been able to put pressure on republicans from blue places to make up for those. as a result, doesn't seem to be anything near majority. >> and harry reid, leader of the democratic party in the senate that made this decision is from nevada, which is a pro-gun state. >> the vice president was in new york, meeting with the mayor, michael bloomberg. we all know what joe biden would like to see and what the mayor would like to see. let me play a clip from biden. >> it must be awful, being in public office and concluding that even though
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Mar 14, 2013 1:00pm PDT
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Mar 28, 2013 2:00pm PDT
control has dropped. how does that change the politics? >> right. i mean, i think we've seen the numbers heading in that direction since newtown when it reached a high and now it's gone in the other direction. what we're seeing from the president, really, wolf, is making an emotional appeal here to americans not to forget because that is what happens in our politics as you know as well as i do. something happens. polls change. and then the polls go back. so this is really an emotional appeal and, of course, let's not forget if an assault weapons ban were easy to get, it would have been renewed nine years ago. and it hasn't been. and the president and the vice president understand that this has always been an uphill battle for them. >> and the opposition is not just coming from republicans but from some democrats as well. >> look. there are a handful of red state democrats, wolf, who are up for re-election, whose constituents believe that any kind of gun control legislation would be an infringement on their second amendment rights. you see that, those members of the senate there. and also
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Mar 2, 2013 3:00pm PST
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Mar 20, 2013 2:00pm PDT
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Mar 25, 2013 2:00pm PDT
and the way that we are talk about gay marriage has changed tremendously. even in the last six months, people know it's no longer politically liable to go out and rant and rave about gay marriage. they understand there's no standing right now, and there will be even less than in three years to go out and judge people. there will always be one or two candidates, but they are not going to be viable and be the republican nominee. >> ana, do you think this is the issue, there's so much soul searching going on in the republican party right now, is this an issue of old guard versus new guard, or is this not an issue that's going to be split that way? >> i think it's generational for the entire nation, not just the republican party. we have more older people, more older republicans than the democrats have. the democrats have more young people. one of the things republicans understand is we want to attract more young people. so, you know, i think what you see in the republican party is a microcosm of what's going on in the nation as a whole. and though the, you know, it's true that the number of repu
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